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13 September 2014

Visit a Cabbies' Shelter

The annual Heritage Open Days event is the rest of the country's equivalent of next weekend's Open House London, but does occasionally feature some London highlights and this year's event features special openings of the green Cabbies' shelters at Embankment, Temple and St John's Wood.

The 60 original shelters were originally constructed between 1875 and 1914, by the Cabmen’s Shelter Fund and still provide tea, meals and places to socialise between fares for black cab license holders. The openings today feature work by three artists specially commissioned to create works inspired by them, including Kathy Prendergast's map of the knowledge, produced in collaboration with A-Z Maps.

For more, see http://cabbiesshelters.org/programme/

1 comment:

  1. What an intelligent response, building kiosk-type places where cabbies could enjoy a bit of leisure time. Of the 60 original sites, how many are still extant? And how many function as cabbies' shelters?

    The only one I remember is St John's Wood.